Factcheck: Chinese farmer Hao Xianzhang grows Buddha-shaped pears

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Viral Message: A farmer named Hao Xianzhang in China has been growing pears that are shaped like 'Buddha.'

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Chinese farmer grows 'Buddha-shaped pears'

[A farmer named Hao Xianzhang in China has been growing pears that are shaped like 'Buddha.' (Photo: ANI)]

Washington: A farmer named Hao Xianzhang in China has been growing pears that are shaped like 'Buddha.'

Xianzhang, who spent 6 years perfecting the method by growing the fruit inside molds, said that his pears were high in demand because they symbolized "good luck," ABC News reported.

To grow the pears in shape, the farmer put the pears while they were little in the molds, and when they took up the space inside the case, he would remove the molds, letting the fruits develop further on their own.

Xianzhang, who has priced the 10,000 pears he grew in his backyard at 8 dollars per fruit, added that he was inspired by an old Chinese myth about a magical fruit shaped as Buddha, which claimed to give immortality. [from Deccan Chronicle]

Chinese farmer Hao Xianzhang has perfected the process of growing pears inside Buddha shaped plastic molds .

Viral Message Verification:-  A message is being widely circulation from long time on the social media about a Chinese farmer has managed to grow pears shaped like baby Buddha figures.

The photograph is real and the pears are real. The News is quite old from 2009 which indicate that Chinese farmer Gao Xianzhang uses special moulds to force his pears to grow into their unique baby shapes.

As mentioned by the Reuters, Pear-shaped business plan reaps fruit of success

Craving a slice of immortality? A Chinese farmer is taking a leaf out of a Chinese classic about eternal life and growing pears shaped like babies, hoping his unusual idea will get his business blooming.

Farmer Hao Xianzhang, who owns an orchard in northern Hebei province, is turning fiction into fact by attaching baby-shaped fiberglass and plastic moulds to young pears for six months.

“People called me crazy. They said I was whimsical and it was impossible to grow baby-shaped fruits. They told me to stop wasting my time and money,” said Hao, who has sold nearly all the 18,000 pears he has cultivated for a hefty 50 yuan ($7) a piece.

Another news published in dailymail, with title Enlightened Chinese farmer branches out by growing pears shaped like baby Buddha, as published on 4 September 2009.

A Chinese farmer has invented baby-shaped pears - and he is planning to export his novel idea over here.

Plucky farmer Gao Xianzhang has created 10,000 of the mini marvels this season and he plans to take the fruits of his labour to the UK and Europe.

With all this facts this makes the image being circulating to be true.



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